Vikings' Peterson practices in pads for first time since knee injury

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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has taken another important step forward in his recovery from reconstructive surgery on his left knee: taking part in his first full-pads practice.

Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson was cleared to practice in full pads for the first time since having reconstructive surgery on the knee he injured in December.  JERRY HOLT/THE STAR TRIBUNE
JERRY HOLT/THE STAR TRIBUNE
Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson was cleared to practice in full pads for the first time since having reconstructive surgery on the knee he injured in December.

Peterson was finally cleared for full activity Tuesday. He carried the ball only a handful of
times in full team drills with the first team offense, and he wasn’t touched by the defense.

That was the mandate from the coaching staff, to protect the Vikings star at all costs. Peterson said the precaution was unnecessary. He had a big smile on his face for much of the afternoon, except when he unsuccessfully lobbied the coaches to take a couple more snaps.

GIANTS: The interior of the defensive line is facing questions after veteran Shaun Rogers was lost for the season with a blood clot in his left calf and two other defensive tackles were diagnosed with back problems, including one that will require season-ending surgery.

BEARS: Linebacker Brian Urlacher underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and still hopes to be ready for the season opener.

The Bears said that Urlacher had an arthroscopic procedure on Tuesday morning to help relieve swelling in the knee. He missed the off-season training program after spraining the medial collateral ligament and partially spraining the posterior cruciate ligament in the final game last season.

PACKERS: Wide receiver Greg Jennings has been sidelined since he sustained a concussion Aug. 3 and it’s not certain when he’ll be able to practice again.

“We’re not going to put him back out there until we’re 100 percent that he’s clear,” coach Mike McCarthy said.

COLTS: Andrew Luck brought his revised to-do list to work Tuesday. Make better protection calls. Complete more passes. Get ready for his first NFL road test at Pittsburgh.

For now, it’s short and simple.

“I think you just try and get better,” Luck said Tuesday when Indianapolis returned to practice at Anderson University. “Obviously, it was nice to go out and play a game and do some good things, do some bad things.”

EAGLES: Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha has whiplash-type symptoms, according to coach Andy Reid, but no concussion after a mid-air collision on Monday.

OBITUARY: Jimmy Carr, who won an NFL championship in 1960 with the Philadelphia Eagles, has died in Indiana. He was 79.

Carr played nine seasons with the Chicago Cardinals, Eagles and Washington Redskins.

BROWNS: Rookie Brandon Weeden expected tough lessons as Cleveland’s new starting quarterback.

One task has him talking to himself.

The No. 22 overall draft pick said after practice Tuesday that he’s learning to call plays by practicing his speech. New Browns offensive coordinator Brad Childress told Weeden to work on complicated calls in front of a mirror.

“I can’t say I’ve done it in front of a mirror, but I did talk to myself in my hotel room last week,” Weeden said.

LOZADA FILES FOR DIVORCE FROM EX-DOLPHIN JOHNSON

NEW YORK — Evelyn Lozada is ending her 41-day-old marriage to Chad Johnson after the football star was arrested for allegedly head-butting her over the weekend.

A rep for the VH1 reality star confirmed reports that Lozada filed for divorce Tuesday.

“Given the recent events that have taken place, Evelyn has decided to file for divorce and move on with her life,” Lozada’s lawyer, Michael B. Gilden, told the TV show The Insider in a statement.

Johnson released his own statement – the first since his arrest – on his official Web site, OCNN, and reaffirmed his love for Lozada.

“I am going to let the legal process run its course. I wish Evelyn nothing but the best, I have no negative words to say about her, the only thing I can say is I love her very much,” said Johnson, who was dumped by the Miami Dolphins a day after the arrest.

“I will continue to be positive and stay training hard for another opportunity in the NFL. I appreciate all my fans and supporters and if I have disappointed you in any way, you have my sincerest apologies. Once again I will continue to stay positive and appreciate all the support during this tough period in my life.”

– Associated Press


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